A precursor to civil unrest

The global COVID-19 pandemic brings with it radical uncertainty unlike anything the world has seen since the end of the Second World War. The economic and social impacts of the virus will be far-reaching and whilst governments and organisations focus on dealing with the immediate effects, civil unrest is a credible second order consequence of this pandemic.

Countries with vulnerable economies and societies will be some of the worst affected. Closed businesses and social distancing measures are already increasing economic pressure on the most vulnerable, and the situation is likely to exacerbate existing political and social tensions.


Impact on the ground

Beyond the immediate impact on revenue streams, workforces and supply chains; organisations’ people and assets are increasingly vulnerable in times of civil unrest. Riots, protests, looting, malicious damage, vandalism, etc, are all common forms of civil unrest and directly affect businesses. The risk would be further compounded by already stretched emergency services being unable to respond.

Even well-prepared firms would not have foreseen something as radical as COVID-19 and are quickly playing catch up. Similarly, with the virus spreading worldwide, the physical security of people and assets can now be added to the growing list of concerns.


How we can help

Strong mitigation, actionable plans, and the ability to adapt responses to a situation as it unfolds are the goals in the face of such tremendous uncertainty. S-RM’s security consultants will be able to support you with:

  1. Understanding your exposure to the risk
  2. Thinking ahead by developing mitigation, plans and responses
  3. Pressure testing your plans

This might include:

  1. Monitoring the threat and upgrading your mitigation;
  2. Developing and playing out most-likely and worst-case scenarios to test your mitigation and response plans;
  3. Understanding your business continuity planning, in particular your (or your providers’) security resilience;
  4. Understanding the new limits of emergency services’ response
  5. Understanding how likely you are to be targeted in the event of civil unrest; and
  6. Understanding the business (as well as security) consequences of civil unrest.


Please contact us here for further information or to request support in any of these areas.

Our Team